Minnesota Farm Families of 2020 are being honored virtually this year, celebrated in an online video tribute led by University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel and available 1 p.m. Thursday, August 6. A U of M Extension Committee chooses one family per county based on their commitment to their communities and for enhancing and supporting agriculture. KMRS has been spotlighting a few of the honorees this week.
The Big Stone County Farm Family of 2020 is Alan and Jackie Webster. Alan and Jackie purchased their farm in 1988 from the Johnson family. The couple had full-time jobs off the farm and transitioned their farm into livestock in the early 90s with custom calf feeding and a beef herd. The Websters currently feed replacement heifers for three dairies and manage a herd of 175 beef cows.
Alan and Jackie are the owner-operators. Their daughter, Nikki, and son-in-law, Aaron Twedt, are employees of the farm and owners of their own 30 head beef herd. Nikki and Aaron’s kids, Brooklynn, Brayden and Bryleigh, help around the farm where they can. Alan and Jackie’s son, David, assists by keeping the feeders full by mixing and delivering feed from the elevator in Bellingham.
Jackie is a nurse with Ortonville Area Health Services. She’s been a nurse for 40 years. Alan has been a volunteer firearms safety instructor for 20 years. He has also been the elementary school wrestling coach for 30 years. The Websters lease some of their land to the Ortonville Trap Team for a trap shooting range. They are supporters of Big Stone County 4-H and are members of the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association.